Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Thank you Bowery Boogie!

LINK: https://www.boweryboogie.com/2018/06/mom-pop-art-installation-underway-in-seward-park/

"Husband-wife chroniclers of New York City storefronts, James & Karla Murray, have begun construction on the new outdoor exhibit for Seward Park that pays homage to disappearing mom-and-pop shops."




Hudson. Building fun over at the “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” installation, Seward park, Lower East Side, NYC

Despite the extreme heat (91 degrees) and high humidity today, along with 2 friends, John and Kyungmi, we managed to build our entire wood frame so we are all set for the dibond photo panels printed by Unique Copy Center and Unique Visuals NY to be installed tomorrow.

We would love for you to help spread the word about supporting the Kickstarter campaign we created: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation

Our Kickstarter campaign has only 9 hours left and we hope to raise some additional funds (besides the grant money we received from NYC Parks/Uniqlo) to help us cover the high costs of materials, fabrication, installation and general liability insurance for the storefront sculpture. With any additional funds we raise past our Kickstarter goal, we can plan on achieving our longer-term goal for the "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." installation, which is to find a new home for the storefront sculpture after its exhibition period inside Seward Park has ended in June 2019. We hope that the installation will be able to continue to act as an artistic intervention to help raise awareness of the importance of small mom-and-pop stores to the fabric and character of their community.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Over at Seward Park, Lower East Side, NYC working on “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.”

If anyone wants to stop by and say hello, please find us in the southwest corner of the park near the children’s playground. Our rescue dog, Hudson will also be with us lending a paw so you can also say hi to him.

Thank you so much for helping us fund this colorful public art installation. We are so excited to finally see the project come to life and it would not be possible without your generosity!
Last days of Kickstarter: Help support the project:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Thank you Schames Paint & Hardware Supply, Lower East Side, NYC!

M. Schames & Son Paints has been in the same family for four generations. It was founded by Mendel Schames, a Russian immigrant and is now run by father and son, Marshall and Brian Schames. This photo taken in 2004 for our book “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York” is of their old Essex Street store located directly across the street from Seward Park. Sadly, the Schames family was forced to relocate their business to Delancey Street after the construction of a neighboring condo building destabilized their northern wall. We love their #vintage colorful PAINTS #signage and Brian told us that they wanted to take it with them but their new location is narrower and the sign won’t fit across the #storefront.

We are very happy that this #momandpop business survived despite the forced move and has generously supported our sculptural storefront installation “Mom-and-Pops” of the L.E.S.” by donating paint so we can weather-proof the frame trim and plywood panels that will be exposed to the elements for one year while the installation is on display at Seward Park. We can’t thank Brian and the family enough for their support.

• Please visit our Kickstarter campaign page to help us raise funds for our "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." sculptural installation: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation

•Our Kickstarter campaign has only 2 days left and we need your help to raise some additional funds (besides the grant money we received from NYC Parks/Uniqlo) to help us cover the high costs of materials, fabrication, installation and general liability insurance for the storefront sculpture. With any additional funds we raise past our Kickstarter goal, we can plan on achieving our longer-term goal for the "Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S." installation, which is to find a new home for the storefront sculpture after its exhibition period inside Seward Park has ended in June 2019. We hope that the installation will be able to continue to act as an artistic intervention to help raise awareness of the importance of small mom-and-pop stores to the fabric and character of their community.


Hudson. Installation fun over at Seward Park (Manhattan), Lower East Side, NYC

Sam Moskowitz of Greenwich Village Society For Historic Preservation and his daughter Tina stopped by, said hello and took this photo.

We are happy to announce that we have all of our paperwork signed and notarized including insurance documents allowing us to officially begin construction of our sculptural storefront installation inside Seward Park this Monday, June 18th. We got a head start yesterday by bringing all of the lumber materials and constructing the base in which the sculpture will lay on.

Despite the extremely hot weather forecast for Monday (92 degrees F) our plan is to build the entire 12 foot x 8 1/2 foot rectangular wood frame, cover it with plywood panels, paint it and if time allows attach our polycarbonate roofing material. We will keep everyone updated on our progress and also take photos to share with you.

If anyone wants to stop by and say hello and take photos of the process, please find us in the southwest corner of the park near the children’s playground. Our rescue dog, Hudson will also be with us lending a paw so you can also say hi to him.

Thank you so much for helping us fund this colorful public art installation. We are so excited to finally see the project come to life and it would not be possible without your generosity!  Last days of Kickstarter: Help support the project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1581279891/mom-and-pops-of-the-les-public-art-installation 


Hudson. World Cup Fever fun, East Village, NYC, just now.... #worldcup2018


Friday, June 15, 2018

The Disappearing Storefronts of NYC at the Storefront Project Art Gallery

We are excited to announce that we will be having an exhibition of our photographs documenting the disappearing storefronts of NYC at the Storefront Project Art Gallery located at 70 Orchard Street near Canal Street from July 25th - August 12, 2018. The opening celebration for "STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York" will be on Wednesday, July 25th from 6-9 pm.   


The gallery is located around the corner from our “Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.” at Seward Park which we begin constructing next week!